“This was all horribly wrong. This was red wine with fish. This was a man wearing a dinner jacket and brown shoes. This was as wrong as things get.”

The weather right now is just perfect, the sort I dream about through snow storms, freezing temperatures and winds which chill to the bone. The sun shines with that sharp light which only seems to come in the fall. The days are warm, in the 70’s. The nights are chilly, wonderful for sleeping. I love Cape Cod best this time of year.

The countdown has begun. It is seven days until I leave. My mind is filled with images of Ghana. I can close my eyes and see it all. I am as excited as I was the first time I went back. It is difficult to explain the pull Ghana has on me. Every bit of the country feels familiar. The greetings I learned so long ago quickly come to mind. I say them, and Ghanaians answer then they smile. I smile back. I hunt for my favorite foods, buy cloth and roam the market. The years disappear. It is as it was.

This morning I had two meetings, one right after the other. They were library board meetings: the annual and the monthly. I am now president of the Board of Trustees of the South Dennis Library. My responsibilities are few. I print the agenda and run our monthly meetings. I bring refreshments when needed. I sign whatever the librarian puts in front of me. She knows far more than I what’s going on. I have been on the board for nearly 12 years. Two of the trustees are in their 90’s. One of them is 95. I always joke that the only way off the board is incapacitating injury or death.

The last fish I had a week or so back was red snapper. It was delicious. The first time I ever ate red snapper was in Jamaica. The second time was at a Caribbean restaurant in Saugus which isn’t there anymore. Fish markets here don’t sell it. I always ask. I figure they must think it an exotic fish. Around here cod is king.

I’m thinking fish and chips tonight. In one of my places they also come with onion rings, the thin kind, the best kind. I was going to have hot dogs but not anymore.

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10 Comments on ““This was all horribly wrong. This was red wine with fish. This was a man wearing a dinner jacket and brown shoes. This was as wrong as things get.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    You are on the clock and so are we – Are we getting intercontinental KTCC ? Exactly how long are you going to be gone ? How do we know that you didn’t go back on your word and there was a horrible accident at the sacred Croc pond ? Is Gracie all set ?

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      We have been trying to find a place to stay with wifi. If we do, You will hear from your foreign correspondent in Ghana!

      I will be gone 2 and 1/2 weeks. I never go back on my word. The only way the croc catches me is if it escapes from the pond, takes off down the road and finds me at my inn or hotel. I, however, will not answer the door.

      I have a pet sitter staying in the house while I am gone. I also have a cat sitter coming to give Fern her medicine every day. The person staying in my house is leery of the cat and giving her medicine (three of them: one mouth and two folds of the ears).

      The cats and the dog are all set. They were my first concern.

  2. olof1 Says:

    77F here, no wind and nasty high humidity, today wasn’t especially nice except for the cool morning with fog. It’ll be the same tomorrow they say and I know I’ll spend most of the day close to the oven, oh I’m so happy. I don’t think I’ll be lucky enough to break an arm or so until tomorrow 🙂

    We don’t have vultures here, crows and ravens do thta job instead. We do get a visit every now and again by a vulture from Spain. The first time it came with a storm it was in so bad shape they didn’t know if it would survive. It did and they fed it so well that he actually was too fat to fly back, so that had to ship him home by plane 🙂 🙂

    I was wondering if it was before or after the coming weekend You were travelling and now I know.

    Cod is what people want here too but it is now so expensive that salmon is the choise instead. In don’t like salmon though so if I want fish and don’t want to pay for cod I buy saithe instead, not that big difference to be honest but it has a rather dull grey color in its flesh.

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Today and yesterday were glorious: dry, warm and sunny, but the weatherman says warmer weather is coming tomorrow. I don’t mind as I figure the cool weather will be here soon enough.

      Here in the northeast we don’t have vultures, but they do in the southwest. Crows mostly eat road kill around here. They are big and loud birds. I’m really laughing about that vulture going home by plane.

      I don’t care for salmon. I do love cod. Luckily we have a variety of fish around here.

      Have a great evening!

  3. Birgit Says:

    Congratulations dear president!
    Just a question, you don’t want to run for US president too? Or at least Secretary of State so we can still have hope for a more peaceful future? Ah, okay, I understand, I just had to ask…

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I figure I am too old. Clinton and Trump are the oldest candidates to run as president, and I am right between them in age. I like naps-just imagine what the papers would do with that!

      I think I would lose my cool as Secretary of State! Just reading about issues frustrates the heck out of me.

  4. Caryn Says:

    Congratulations President Kat! 🙂

    Red snapper used to be available around here. I would bake it with orange slices and honey and it was delicious. But, like everything else that becomes the in food, demand was very high and the stock was over fished in the Gulf of Mexico. There was also a lot of loss of juvenile red snapper due to shrimp trawling. The fishery is now heavily regulated. I haven’t seen it in the markets here for quite some time. I remember the Caribbean restaurant in Saugus. Fondly and sadly. 🙁

    Today was beautiful. Breezy, warm, sunny, not humid. Perfect.
    I went clothes shopping and had Chinese food for lunch. I’ll probably be eating it for the next couple of days as well. 🙂

    Enjoy the day and savor the pre-trip anticipation.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Caryn

      That was such a good restaurant. We had a Caribbean restaurant in Falmouth which disappeared quickly. It had plantain and goat.

      I haven’t ever found red snapper down here. Almost anything with honey has to be good!

      You had a good day! Nothing better than a day of shopping and Chinese. When I get Chinese food, I also eat it for a couple of days. I don’t mind.

      Have a great evening!!

  5. Bob Says:

    Red Snapper is prevalent in the Gulf of Mexico and is widely available here in Texas. My favorite fish is Salmon but not canned. Back in the late 80s I flew a trip in our Learjet to Medford Oregon. The passengers wanted to buy whole fresh salmons. The other pilot and I split the cost of a whole fish which they filleted and then packed it along with the other fish in a rubberized carton filled with ice and we headed home. The grilled salmon steaks we had for dinner that night was superb.

    A friend of mine who is a retired Southwest Airlines Captain used to fly the morning flight from New Orleans to Baltimore which carried hundreds of pounds of fresh gulf oysters. They were served in resturaunts all over Baltimore because oysters can’t be raised in Chesapeake Bay any longer due to the pollution. Now you know the rest of this fishy story.

    Fish and chips sounds wonderful.

    Another beautiful day with warm temperatures and a little more humidity.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      Salmon is one fish I don’t like. I tease and say I don’t like pink fish, but it is really the taste. Fresh fish just caught is always amazing. In Ghana, there are food shacks on the beach. They buy the catch as the boats come in and then cook it right away.

      I am not an oyster fan either. Give me clams or mussels. I have tried oysters on a few occasions but my tastes never changed. I love clams any way they’re served including steamers.

      Dinner was perfect!

      Your weather sounds just fine.


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